About Us

Derek and Susan first met at the University of South Carolina Outdoor Recreation climbing wall. While working together at the climbing wall, they became climbing partners and friends. They married after Derek's graduation in May of 2009 and have been adventuring together ever since. They are now based on Ogden, Utah.

Meet Derek...

Derek is an American Mountain Guides Association Rock Guide. He is currently an Assistant Coordinator for Weber State University’s Outdoor Program, heading up the trip program and rock climbing classes. His resume includes work at the University of South Carolina and Alabama, as well as time with the North Carolina Outward Bound School and Fox Mountain Guides.

Derek is an avid rock climber, having climbed at numerous locations across the United States including such far-flung destinations as The Shawangunks in New York, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Joshua Tree National Park in California, Indian Creek in Utah, and the many beautiful crags of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. He has authored a handful of first ascents and particularly enjoys the mental and physical challenges of trad climbing. He is honing his skills as an ice climber in anticipation of things to come in the Rockies, the Sierras, and hopefully, the greater ranges of Alaska and Patagonia.

In addition to climbing, Derek enjoys whitewater boating--kayaking, rafting, and open-boat canoeing. He dabbles in just about anything outdoors, from backpacking to caving. When he is not outside, he is probably in a tent reading or hanging out by the campfire playing guitar or slack-lining.

You can find Derek on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dmdebruin

Meet Susan...

Photo by Chad Guenther 
Susan's recreational pursuits include rock climbing, trail running, and yoga. Susan does not do any of that water-sport stuff. She has too many near-drowning stories. Susan does enjoy challenging herself with long, endurofests like her 30th Birthday Challenge, which was a 50k mountain-trail run.

When she is not enjoying the great outdoors, Susan can be found locked in front of a computer, honing her writing craft. Or working at Gear 30, because that actually pays the bills and the folks there are pretty nice, too.

You can find Susan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SusanDeBruinAuthor

Our Links for MORE Cyber Stalking!
Peregrine Climbing Guides - Derek's former guiding company, now owned and operated by the fabulous Sam England
Susan DeBruin - Susan's Author Blog
http://chadguenther.zenfolio.com/ - Photos by Chad Guenther